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3.0 out of 5 stars It helps to be single and have small pages!, 9 Dec 2012
This review is from: The Artist's Way: A Course in Discovering and Recovering Your Creative Self (Paperback)
I was having a clear-out and found my old copy of this. Interesting to see my old notes. I went through the course diligently about 10 years ago and even joined a group. It went well but I'm not a wealthy artist. No matter, life is good and I'm still playing guitar!

I decided to work through it again, but I am already having doubts.

I do have a problem with this book in that it seems to be written by a well-off single person with no need to rush off to a job.

I am very sceptical about the Morning Pages which Julia Cameron sees as the bedrock of the whole process. They are meant to be written on your own first thing in the morning, so if you have a family, you may need to find a room to barricade yourself in.

And you are meant to write THREE pages. This is pretty meaningless - a bit like the government advice to eat five "portions" of fruit. How big the page is and how big your writing is makes a lot of difference to how long its going to take you.

First time round I wrote three fairly large pages and it started to feel as if I did nothing else. It soon became a rather unproductive chore.

I've been doing smaller pages this time, but still wonder if this is a valuable way for everybody to spend time as Cameron believes. However, if you find it fruitful - great!

The Artist's Date is another solitary activity. If you have a husband/wife/lover they might reasonably feel you are covering up an affair, although I haven't had to answer charges yet. If your Artist Date is, say, going to see a film and your other half coming along invalidates the whole thing, that's a bit sad!

The book also reads rather "girly" with talk of cake-baking etc.

When I first did the course I was single with no major work or family commitments.

Now my situation is the opposite. I have just completed first week.
Will see how it goes!
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